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EMMYS: Miniseries/TV Movie Supporting Acting Handicap

By | Thursday August 30, 2012 @ 10:00pm PDT
Pete Hammond

After this year’s one last hurrah, say goodbye to the longform supporting actor categories at the Emmys. The Board of Governors of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences voted to do away with the categories and “merge” them with the lead actor and actress contests in a bid to reduce some of the primetime categories and save time on the telecast. So, for the last time, here is a rundown of the chances for this year’s nominees:

SUPPORTING ACTOR

TOM BERENGER (Hatfields & McCoys, History)

Emmy Pedigree: Chicago-born Tom Berenger’s credits go back to the mid-’70s–dozens of TV shows and movies (from Platoon to Inception)–but he’s received just one previous Emmy nomination for a guest-starring role on Cheers in 1993.

What We Say: As Devil Anse Hatfield’s Uncle Jim Vance, Berenger is almost unrecognizable in his gruff get-up and is authentic throughout. However, the role doesn’t stand out as much of some of the others in this category so he’s only got a small chance to actually win over flashier competing roles in the category.

MARTIN FREEMAN (Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia, PBS)

Emmy Pedigree: It’s the first Emmy nomination for British-born Freeman, but the role is iconic. Freeman plays Dr. Watson, friend and assistant to super-sleuth Sherlock Holmes.

What We Say: Already the winner … Read More »

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History Greenlights ‘The Hatfields And McCoys’ Miniseries Starring Kevin Costner

By | Tuesday May 24, 2011 @ 1:22pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: History is revising America’s most infamous family feud with The Hatfields and McCoys, a miniseries starring Oscar winner Kevin Costner. Costner will play “Devil” Anse Hatfield and will produce the mini, which has been given a green light and will premiere next year, coinciding with the 150th anniversary of the bloody war between the two clans that has become a popular metaphor for bitterly feuding rivals. The mini will be produced by Leslie Greif’s Thinkfactory Media. “The Hatfields and McCoys is a classic tale of American history,” History president and general manager Nancy Dubuc said. “These are names that are widely recognized, yet few people know the real story that made them famous.”

Greif said that The Hatfields and McCoys has been a passion project for him for more than 20 years. “It was realized the day I met Nancy Dubuc, she made a dream come true when she shared the same enthusiasm and vision for this epic American drama,” he said. “And then to be privileged and fortunate enough to have a superstar like Kevin Costner as “Devil” is beyond anything I could have imagined.” As an avid history fan, Costner said he was thrilled to join “this dramatic re-telling of a classic and timeless tale that is forever immersed in the folklore of our country.” The project takes Costner back to the post-Civil War era he previously depicted in Dances With Wolves. Ted Mann (Deadwood) wrote the script for the mini, with revisions by Ron Parker (Broken Trail). Greif will serve as an executive producer with Herb Nanas and Darrell Fetty producing for Thinkfactory. Dubuc and Dirk Hoogstra will EP for History.

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DGA Awards Announces TV Nominations

(We inadvertently cut off the list. The full list has been restored now.)

LOS ANGELES – Directors Guild of America President Taylor Hackford today announced the DGA’s nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Television and Commercials for the year 2010.

“Whether it’s a 30-second commercial or a multi-part miniseries, television directors are crucial to the success of any television project.” said Hackford. “As the DGA celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, we salute the critical role of the director in TV and are proud to honor the tremendous range of excellence found in the projects nominated today. Congratulations to all of the nominees.”

The winners will be announced at the 63rd Annual DGA Awards Dinner on Saturday, January 29, 2011 at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland in Los Angeles.

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MOVIES FOR TELEVISION AND MINI-SERIES

The nominees for the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television and Mini-Series for 2010 are (in alphabetical order):

MICK JACKSON
Temple Grandin
(HBO)

Mr. Jackson’s Directorial Team:
· Unit Production Manager: Scott Ferguson
· First Assistant Director: Philip Hardage
· Second Assistant Director: Shawn Pipkin
· Second Second Assistant Director: Kayse Goodell and Richard E. Chapla Jr.
· Additional Second Second Assistant Director: Glen Moorman

This is Mr. Jackson’s fourth DGA Award nomination. He is a three-time winner of the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television and Mini-Series with Indictment: The McMartin Trial (1995), Tuesdays With Morrie (1999), and Live From Baghdad (2002).

BARRY LEVINSON
You Don’t Know Jack
(HBO)

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